New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 6, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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► 18-MONTH-OLD MISSING SINCE FEB. 4
Parents, friends release balloons for Josh Davis
Event designed to raise awareness one month after child vanished
By Megan Holt
Colorful balloons drifted in the air over Klein Road Elementary School Saturday afternoon to remind the New Braunfels community of Joshua Davis Jr.’s disappearance one month ago.
Family and friends released about 200 balloons with messages written to the 18-month-old on them to make sure he remains at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts and prayers.
“Every day, we get together and ask what we can do to raise awareness,” said Angie Flack, a family friend and spokeswoman for Joshua’s parents, Joshua Davis Sr. and Sabrina Benitez.
“A lot of the balloons say ‘I love you, Josh’ and ‘Come back home, Josh.’ One of the balloons talks about God and
Jr., 18 months, disappeared from his New Braunfels home. Call (830) 620-TIPS if you have a tip.
keeping the faith," Flack said.
Joshua’s parents and Joshua’s two-week-old brother, Jeidan, participating in the ceremony.
Joan Vargas, Joshua’s greatgrandmother, said Jeidan looks just like his brother.
“Not a day goes by that we don’t cry,” Vargas said. “The longer time goes by, the (more) hopeftil we are he’s alive and well. You never lose hope.”
Flack has established a website—www.findjoshua-davis.com — and said she will be collecting monetary donations for the family.
Joshua Davis Sr. and Sabrina Benitez, Joshua Davis Jr.'s parents, release balloons Saturday at Klein Road Elementary School.
► FACING ESTIMATED $7.6M DEFICIT
NBISD officials seek solutions
By Will Wright
The New Braunfels Independent School District school board will meet in workshop session Monday night to tackle the budget and entertain suggestions on how to cope with an expected $7.6 million deficit next year.
Superintendent Randy Moczygemba is honing down his list of recommendations, hoping not to cut any of the district’s 394 non-probationary teachers. Included will be a plan to streamline staffing at the eight elementary schools.
Moczygemba might pick Monday to officially recommend clipping into the district’s $18 million fund balance to help keep teachers on the payroll. He is leaning toward requesting as
NEW BRAUNFELS ISD WORKSHOP
When: 6 p.m. Monday Where: Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St.
much as $7 million over the next biennium, applying between $2.5 million and $3.5 million to the deficit in each of the next two years.
As of Friday afternoon, NBISD officials had identified almost $1.1 million in cuts to maintenance and operations alone. Finalizing plans will depend on how quickly the state can complete its budget process, which could take a while to reconcile.
Moczygemba compared NBISD’s budget planning to the Apollo 13 space flight.
“We’re flying on the dark side of the moon on this,”
See NBISD, Page 7A
INTERSTATE 35 NORTH CLOSED FOR 10'A HOURS
Trucker dies in blaze
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
An 18-wheeler driven by a Live Oak trucker is engulfed in flames Friday night in the northbound lanes of I-35 near Exit 183 (Solms Road) in New Braunfels.The driver was killed in the wreck and subsequent explosion.
Fiery collision snarls traffic for 20 miles
By Shawn Lewis and Will Wright
A Live Oak trucker was killed Friday night on 1-35 North near Exit 183 (Solms Road) when his rig exploded into flames after hitting a guardrail and the support legs for an overhead sign.
As of 8 p.m. Saturday, the 49-year-old driver had not been identified by authorities pending notification of his family. District 3 Justice of the Peace Mike Rust pronounced the man dead at the scene.
“We’re still waiting to positively identify him—hopefully we'll have something relatively quickly,” New Braunfels Police Department Lt. Michael Penshom said Saturday, indicating an autopsy has been ordered in the case.
Three vehicles were involved in the accident, including another 18-wheeler and a pickup truck. The drivers of those two vehicles were not injured, police said.
Traffic is diverted off of Interstate 35 near Exit 183 (Solms Road) as firefighters respond to a fire involving an 18-wheeler on Friday night.
Police are still investigating exactly what caused the accident, which tied up interstate traffic south to the Bexar County line and north into Hays County. On Saturday afternoon, all that remained of the fiery accident was a long stretch of scorched earth and pavement, as well as twisted metal from the overhead sign.
Penshorn said the deceased man was
driving a 2007 Volvo tractor-trailer in one of the northbound lanes at 8:53 p.m. Friday, when it struck the guardrail and support legs for the sign.
“That’s what caused the sign and its structure to fall onto the highway, and that’s what the other vehicles hit,” he said.
. See WRECK, Page 7A
Vol. 158, No. 99 24 pages, 4 sections
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Filing period deadline nears
By Will Wright
Fewer than 10 days remain before filings close for trustees positions on both Comal County school districts.
As of Friday, Comal Independent School District and New Braunfels ISD had each received election paperwork from two candidates for the May 14 election. The deadline to file for both elections is March 14.
In Comal ISD, board vice president Frank Baker is running for a third term in District 3. Nancy Pappas has filed for the District 4 position held by board treasurer Donna Holmes, who hasn't yet filed for re-election.
In New Braunfels ISD, Joe Hassmann has filed for re-election in District 4, and board president Rigo Montero has filed for re-election in District 2.
Those interested in becoming board members must be registered voters, be a resident within the district they seek to represent, and have resided in the school district for at least six months.
Applications for the Comal ISD ballot are available at the Support Services Administration Offices, 1404 Interstate 35 North, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For information, call (830) 221-2000.
See FILING, Page 6A
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